We have designed and built thousands of screen porches over the past 28 years in the Charlotte, NC market. A recent trend is to enclose the porch with glass. The best rationale we can gather from this trend is people get tired of pollen, dirt, and water getting in the porch.
The options are plentiful to achieve this. We can purchase windows that are fixed, called picture windows that can be custom made. We can also install sliding glass windows and/ or doors to allow for maximum ventilation when you want to allow air flow. There are Casement style windows (crank outs) that can be installed in porches as well. Finally, the most common window is called a double-hung, and these are most likely what you have on your home currently. They slide up and down and can tilt in for easy cleaning.
To differentiate between a 3-season room and a 4-season room, you would need to add heat/ air to the room to truly make it a 4 season room. If you want to simply enjoy an outdoor space but can live without the heat and air, the glass option works fine. Local building codes dictate that if you want to add glass, you can do so without adding heat and air as long as you do not change out the back door of the house leading into the room. Once you “break the seal” of that entry, the code requires you to add heat/ air to the new space.
To find an entire photo gallery on porches that have been glassed in, go to https://archadeckofcharlotte.com or for more information call 704-944-1350.